If you’re looking for a new way to get kids playing outside, the Wave Catcher, from Rollplay, just might do the trick!
The innovative ride-on combines the familiar elements of scooters, skateboards, and light electric vehicles into a ride that lets kids “surf” the neighborhood. The Wave Catcher rides like a skateboard but handles like a scooter. By pairing a lightweight, yet durable aluminum skateboard deck (complete with a grip tape-like surface) with a scooter-like handle, kids can cruise and carve turns as if they’re riding waves thanks to the side-to-side tilting nature of the skate deck.
To get started, kids will need to kick off as they would on a standard scooter. Then, once they hit 3 mph (which isn’t fast at all), they simply press one of the dual throttle buttons located on the Flex HandleBar to activate the on-board electric motor. From there, the motor kicks in, powering the Wave Catcher to speeds of up to 10 mph!
Top speed is controlled by a button conveniently located on the side of the Wave Catcher’s deck. Choose between 5 mph and 10 mph, depending on the skill or preference of the rider.
For those who may be a bit more adventurous, the Wave Catcher can be controlled using one or both hands, and the Flex HandleBar allows for control positions based on rider preference. As kids learn to handle the Wave Catcher, they can zoom down the street and lean in and out of turns with either hand.
My daughters were able to get the hang of the Wave Catcher within minutes of riding. I like the safety features, such as the auto shut-off for the electric motor once the throttle button has been depressed, along with the rear footbrake for additional stopping power. The kids love the versatility, speed, and ease of use. Overall, it’s a win all the way around!
The Wave Catcher is easy to assemble, with minimal connections required right out of the box. The included wall charger powers the included 24-volt battery for up to one hour of ride time on a single charge. Geared toward kids ages 8 and up, the Wave Catcher carries a recommended weight limit of 143 lbs. When playtime is over, the Wave Catcher folds for easy, space-saving storage.
As with any ride-on vehicle, the use of a proper safety helmet is highly recommended.